Focusing education and research on transitions

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Placing transitions at the core of its major education and research missions is one of the University of Bordeaux's primary objectives. In doing so, it strives to be proactive in meeting the challenges facing our societies through training in new skills, making scientific expertise available for public debate and policies, and contributing to societal innovation.

Photo : Climate Fresk © University of Bordeaux
Climate Fresk © University of Bordeaux


  • 203

    degree programmes

    out of the 1,358 programmes available in 2021, included at least one course on societal and/or environmental issues

  • 250

    Climate Fresk facilitators

    trained in 2 years, i.e. 50% of the region's Fresk facilitators

Objectives and achievements

  • Running Climate Fresk workshops for a range of audiences
  • Participation in the 'Climate Education Kick-Off' by over 3,500 students
  • Training of staff and students to run Climate Fresk workshops
  • Organisations and tools for training and open innovation: U-lab (in French), UBee Lab (in French), Ocean i3, INOS...
  • Enhancement of the training offer for staff (in French)
  • Work in progress on including transition issues in training programmes: integration of related knowledge and skills into all the training programmes and creation of new dedicated modules
  • ENLIGHT: creating a European university alliance

    The ENLIGHT project and its ENLIGHT RISE programme aim to create broad cooperation for education and research on a European scale, for a greener, healthier, fairer and more sustainable Europe.


  • 4 GPR

    (Major Research Programmes)

    fully focused on transition issues

  • 22

    dedicated European projects

    (RESET, ENLIGHT-RISE, Jerico-S3, MANIFICA Recycling...)

Objectives and achievements

  • Accreditation of the Major Research Programmes (GPR) and Impulsion Research Networks (RRI) to promote interdisciplinary research on major societal issues
  • To be launched: creation of new methods for assessing the societal and environmental impact of the university's activities
  • To be launched: interdisciplinary coordination and sharing of skills for research on transition issues
  • To be launched: support research units in assessing the societal and environmental impact of their activities and implementing action plans
  • ACT: making the university an experimental campus

    The Augmented university for Campus and world Transition (ACT) project aims to transform the University of Bordeaux campus sites into a living lab and an incubator for experimental projects on the regional scale, serving social, societal and environmental transitions.


Major Research Programmes

> BPS - Bordeaux Plant Sciences
> HOPE - Understanding Human Well-being and Behaviour for better Policies & Societies
> IPORA - Interdisciplinary Policy-Oriented Research on Africa
> PPM - Post-Petroleum Materials

Research Networks on innovation

> BEST - Making Better to Live Better
> ORIGINS - From the origin of matter and planetary systems to climate evolution
> PHDS - Public Health Data Science Bordeaux Network
> ROBSYS - Robustness of Autonomous Systems
> Tackling global change: integrated approaches for people and the environment

  • Science and society

    The University of Bordeaux is committed to the transmission and dissemination of knowledge. One of its missions is to promote dialogue with society beyond its campus walls, to reach the audiences most alienated from the academic world.

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